Capitol Police confirmed on Thursday night that Officer Brian Sicknick died as a result of injuries sustained on duty, bringing the total number of deaths up to five people.
On Wednesday, authorities named Former Air Force member Ashli Babbit as the person who was shot by a member of law enforcement as she took part in storming the US Capitol.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee also confirmed that three others died due to “separate medical emergencies” as the Capitol was stormed.
Who is Brian Sicknick?
Brian Sicknick was a Trump-supporting U.S. Capitol Police officer and military veteran.
Sicknick was also a former Air National Guardsman who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Enduring Freedom. Sicknick was from New Jersey and lived in Springfield, Virginia.
He became a police officer after leaving the military.
According to the Capitol Police, Sicknick joined the department in July 2008 and was assigned to the department’s First Responders Unit. “The entire department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague.”
Sicknick’s Facebook page was filled with pro-Trump posts, American flags and patriotic themes. A 1998 article in the Central New Jersey Home News said that then Airman Brian D. Sicknick was the son of Charles and Gladys Sicknick of South River. He was a 1997 graduate of Middlesex County Vocational Technical High School in East Brunswick.
What actually happened?
According to the Capitol Police statement, Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol while on duty and was injured during a physical altercation with Trump supporters who stormed the building. “He returned to the division office and collapsed,” the department said. “He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
The department wrote, specifically, that he “was injured while physically engaging with protesters.”
Sicknick was injured while “physically engaging” with rioters, the U.S. Capitol Police Department said in a statement. He died at 9:30 p.m. on January 7, the department said.
Although it has been reported Sicknick was hit on the head with a fire extinguisher, according to The New York Times it’s not yet clear what caused his death.
“It was not clear if the blunt force had killed him; a chemical agent may have led to his death,” The Times reported, citing a source.
The newspaper reported that the FBI is investigating the officer’s death “as a possible federal murder case.” According to the Capitol Police, Sicknick’s death will be investigated by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the U.S. Capitol Police and their federal partners.